2017 MotoGP Results Sunday from Valencia

Press Release | November 12, 2017
MotoGP podium: Zarco, Pedrosa and Marquez
MotoGP podium: Zarco, Pedrosa and Marquez. (Courtesy MotoGP)

In a stunningly dramatic and tense #FinalShowdown at Valencia, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took his sixth world title and fourth MotoGP™ World Championship despite a huge front end moment into Turn 1 and a run off track, coming home third in the race to defend his crown. Title rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) similarly suffered a run off from P4, but the Italian was unable to save it and sadly crashed out of contention in the race and Championship.

At the front, the race was a duel to the line between Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco – with the race decided in favour of the Spaniard on final lap as Pedrosa pounced and defended to perfection for his second victory of the year.

Marquez got the holeshot from pole, with teammate Pedrosa slicing through from the second row to take over in second – and Zarco pushed down to third. Dovizioso made a good start to move up to sixth, then past Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and glued to the back of the second Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo.

Early on, Zarco took over in the lead – with Marquez seeing him coming and slotting into second. Pedrosa remained in third, with the two Ducati machines glued together around a second behind and the tense tick of the clock counting down.
After a Zarco error, a Marquez pass and then the Frenchman hitting back, laps ticked down before Marquez struck for the lead – and ran wide. Sliding on his knee for a stunning save into Turn 1, the reigning Champion headed for the gravel – but managed to rejoin, yet behind Dovizioso.

Lorenzo then bolted to chase down Pedrosa and Zarco ahead, before the Ducati Team rider went down suddenly – and just as suddenly, the dream was over for his teammate. A run off into the gravel that couldn’t be saved saw Dovizioso’s title hopes disappear after a nevertheless stunning season to take the runner up spot.

Dani Pedrosa vs Johann Zarco was then the duel for the win, with Pedrosa initially attacking at the final corner but the Frenchman able to hit back. As the last lap dawned, the Spaniard tucked in and then pounced into Turn 1, managing to hold off Zarco around the tight Circuit Ricardo Tormo Circuit to take his second victory of the season.

Marquez, back into the podium places after the falls ahead, kept his calm to the end to take third and the title, making him the youngest ever six-time World Champion and the youngest to take four premier class Championships.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) put in an impressive rookie ride into fourth, ahead of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) after a more difficult race for the ‘Doctor’. Iannone dropped back slightly after a run off at Turn 1 to take sixth, ahead of a great final race with EG 0,0 Marc VDS for Jack Miller in P7. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) moved up after crashing out in Q1 and qualifying outside the top ten to cross the line in P8, with Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) putting in another solid wildcard appearance to come home in ninth. Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) also impressed, locking out the top ten.

Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the Austrian factory’s first season in the premier class in P11, and it was a tough weekend and final race of 2017 for third-placed in the Championship Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), as the Spaniard came home in P12. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) completed the points in the #FinalShowdown, with the dust settling around the dramatic final race as the flag flew.

That’s a wrap on a stunning season to savour, with 2017 having provided some of the most incredible racing ever seen. Marquez retains the crown, and Dovizioso fought to the end – and on Tuesday, the clock resets once again. #2018StartsNow.

Moto2

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) made it a stunning third time in a row for KTM to cheer him over the line in the lead at Valencia
Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) made it a stunning third time in a row for KTM to cheer him over the line in the lead at Valencia. (Courtesy MotoGP)

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) made it a stunning third time in a row for KTM to cheer him over the line in the lead at Valencia, hunting down Champion Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) to pull clear for win number three on the bounce. Teammate Brad Binder made it another double podium for the Austrian factory, completing the podium for a third visit to the rostrum in a row.

It was both EG 0,0 Marc VDS riders dueling into Turn 1, and Alex Marquez emerged with the early lead from pole before Morbidelli was able to battle through and take over – leaving a three-way scrap for second between Marquez, Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) and Oliveira before a sudden crash for the Italian. Marquez then held firm ahead of the KTM rider for a number of laps before Oliveira and teammate Binder were able to both attack, with the Portuguese rider then focused forward on the hunt for Morbidelli and a third consecutive win.

With seven laps to go, Oliveira had his KTM glued to the Kalex of Morbidelli and the following lap saw the Portuguese rider slam through into the lead at Turn 4. Oliveira then unstoppable in the lead, the newly-crowned Champion was forced to follow the KTM rider home and say goodbye to the intermediate class in second. Binder completed the podium after proving able to pull away from those behind.

Rookie of the Year Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) battled Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) for fifth before pulling away from the Malaysian rider and then catching Marquez; able to pass the rider from Cervera in the latter stages. The number 73 took P5, with Syahrin in P6.
Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) said goodbye to the intermediate class ahead of his graduation to MotoGP™ with seventh, ahead of a solid final rookie ride for Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40). Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) crossed the line in P9 after making some late progress, with Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) completing the top ten as top Suter once again.

Axel Pons (RW Racing GP), Isaac Viñales (BE-A-VIP SAG Team), Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP), rookie Augusto Fernandez (Speed Up Racing) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (Forward Racing Team) locked out the points scorers in the season finale, bringing the curtain down on another stunning year of racing as the cava flows and another season appears on the horizon…with testing underway soon.
For Morbidelli and Nakagami, soon means Tuesday as they prepare to move up to the premier class.

Moto3

Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) took a stunning maiden win at the Valencia GP
Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) took a stunning maiden win at the Valencia GP. (Courtesy MotoGP)

Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) took a stunning maiden win at the Valencia GP, launching into the lead from his ninth pole position of the year and then able to escape at the front. Over three seconds further back over the line, newly-crowned Champion Joan Mir put in the ride of his life for second – recovering from the tail end of the top twenty to complete the podium in a stunning final Moto3™ appearance. Marcos Ramirez (Platinum Bay Real Estate) completed the podium, just unable to overtake the Majorcan in the final sector but close at the flag.

It was Martin who got the holeshot from pole with Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Racing Team) slotting into second, but the Argentinean rider then slid out early and left the polesitter out front – and Joan Mir off track as the new Champion was forced to avoid the fallen rider ahead of him. Martin’s gap was then over two seconds to the chasing group behind, with the battle for second seeing a squabble break out and the Del Conca Gresini Moto3 rider able to take further advantage to pull clear.

There was sudden drama in that battle soon after as Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) clipped Marcos Ramirez on the start finish straight, with the Italian rider managing to stay clear of the traffic as he fell, rider ok. Mir was on the fight back behind, already having moved up from P19 to P11 within a handful of laps – but then with more than two seconds to make up to reach the top ten. Head down and focused forward, the Majorcan was in the podium battle with nine to go as he sliced through the field.

By five to go, Mir was in second and starting to cut the gap to leader Martin – but with such a margin, it would prove an impossible task. The Majorcan reeled him in but Martin was solid at the front as the laps ticked down to his first win, pulling a wheelie over the line to convert pole into victory on the ninth time of asking.

Behind Ramirez it was an Italian battle for fourth as Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers) just beat Enea Bastianini (Estrella Galicia 0,0) in the former’s last Moto3™ appearance, with Juanfran Guevara (RBA BOE Racing) locking out the top six. It was a magnificent seventh position for reigning FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Champion Dennis Foggia (Sky Junior Team VR46 Academy) as he put in a wildcard appearance at the track he dominated at junior level, ahead of another stunning slice through the field from John McPhee (British Talent Team) on his final outing with the BTT squad.

Reigning Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion and wildcard Kazuki Masaki (Asia Talent Team) completed the top ten behind local hero Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0), with P12 taken by Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse), who fell back slightly at the start but took good points.
Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took thirteenth ahead of a good race for Ayumu Sasaki (SIC Racing Team) – who confirmed himself as Rookie of the Year – with Niccolo Antonelli (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Philipp Oettl (Südmetall Schedl GP Racing) locking out the points scorers in the season finale.

Now, there are those who regroup for another assault in 2018 and those who move up for a new challenge in Moto2™. And the new season is just around the corner

GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA

MotoGP Race Classification 2017 

Cheste, Sunday, November 12, 2017

12526Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda156.246’08.125
2205Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha156.2+0.337
31693Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda155.6+10.861
41342Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki155.4+13.567
51146Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha155.4+13.817
61029Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki155.4+14.516
7943Jack MILLERAUSEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda155.2+17.087
8835Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda155.2+17.230
9751Michele PIRROITADucati TeamDucati154.8+25.942
10653Tito RABATSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda154.7+27.020
11538Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM154.5+30.835
12425Maverick VIÑALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha154.3+35.012
1339Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac RacingDucati154.1+38.076
14217Karel ABRAHAMCZEPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati153.9+41.988
1518Hector BARBERASPAReale Avintia RacingDucati153.6+47.703
1676Loris BAZFRAReale Avintia RacingDucati153.6+47.709
1760Michael VAN DER MARKNEDMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha153.3+52.134
Not Classified
44Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM153.65 Laps
4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati150.45 Laps
99Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDucati156.26 Laps
22Sam LOWESGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia151.48 Laps
19Alvaro BAUTISTASPAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDucati149.716 Laps
45Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac RacingDucati151.726 Laps
41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia151.727 Laps
36Mika KALLIOFINRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM148.028 Laps

 

Moto2

12544Miguel OLIVEIRAPORRed Bull KTM AjoKTM149.943’15.843
22021Franco MORBIDELLIITAEG 0,0 Marc VDSKalex149.8+2.154
31641Brad BINDERRSARed Bull KTM AjoKTM149.7+4.181
41342Francesco BAGNAIAITASKY Racing Team VR46Kalex149.3+11.181
51173Alex MARQUEZSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDSKalex149.2+12.146
61055Hafizh SYAHRINMALPetronas Raceline MalaysiaKalex149.1+14.595
7930Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKalex148.9+18.446
8840Fabio QUARTARAROFRAPons HP40Kalex148.6+22.188
9724Simone CORSIITASpeed Up RacingSpeed Up148.6+23.592
10677Dominique AEGERTERSWIKiefer RacingSuter148.6+23.751
11549Axel PONSSPARW Racing GPKalex148.3+27.388
12432Isaac VIÑALESSPABE-A-VIP SAG TeamKalex148.2+29.688
13323Marcel SCHROTTERGERDynavolt Intact GPSuter148.1+31.442
14237Augusto FERNANDEZSPASpeed Up RacingSpeed Up148.0+32.933
1517Lorenzo BALDASSARRIITAForward Racing TeamKalex148.0+33.150
165Andrea LOCATELLIITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex148.0+34.335
1751Eric GRANADOBRAPromoracingKalex147.9+34.731
1827Iker LECUONASPAGarage Plus InterwettenKalex147.6+39.828
1954Mattia PASINIITAItaltrans Racing TeamKalex147.6+39.940
2057Edgar PONSSPAPons HP40Kalex147.5+42.678
212Jesko RAFFINSWIGarage Plus InterwettenKalex147.5+43.275
2287Remy GARDNERAUSTech 3 RacingTech 3147.0+51.990
2310Luca MARINIITAForward Racing TeamKalex146.8+54.931
246Tarran MACKENZIEGBRKiefer RacingSuter146.0+1’09.494
2589Khairul Idham PAWIMALIDEMITSU Honda Team AsiaKalex146.0+1’10.070
2645Tetsuta NAGASHIMAJPNTeluru SAG TeamKalex144.7+1’33.876
Not Classified
97Xavi VIERGESPATech 3 RacingTech 3148.811 Laps
9Jorge NAVARROSPAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Kalex147.516 Laps
11Sandro CORTESEGERDynavolt Intact GPSuter147.019 Laps
19Xavier SIMEONBELTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2Kalex143.920 Laps
88Ricard CARDUSSPACarXpert InterwettenKalex147.121 Laps
62Stefano MANZIITASKY Racing Team VR46Kalex142.125 Laps

 

Moto3

12588Jorge MARTINSPADel Conca Gresini Moto3Honda144.040’02.193
22036Joan MIRSPALeopard RacingHonda143.8+3.760
31642Marcos RAMIREZSPAPlatinum Bay Real EstateKTM143.8+3.877
4135Romano FENATIITAMarinelli Rivacold SnipersHonda143.8+3.953
51133Enea BASTIANINIITAEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda143.8+3.999
61058Juanfran GUEVARASPARBA BOE Racing TeamKTM143.7+4.940
7910Dennis FOGGIAITASky Junior Team VR46 AcademyKTM143.7+4.735
8817John MCPHEEGBRBritish Talent TeamHonda143.7+5.071
9744Aron CANETSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0Honda143.7+5.218
10639Kazuki MASAKIJPNAsia Talent TeamHonda143.6+6.462
11524Tatsuki SUZUKIJPNSIC58 Squadra CorseHonda143.6+6.544
12464Bo BENDSNEYDERNEDRed Bull KTM AjoKTM143.6+6.633
13371Ayumu SASAKIJPNSIC Racing TeamHonda143.5+8.687
14223Niccolò ANTONELLIITARed Bull KTM AjoKTM143.0+16.100
15165Philipp OETTLGERSüdmetall Schedl GP RacingKTM143.0+16.156
1616Andrea MIGNOITASKY Racing Team VR46KTM143.0+16.263
177Adam NORRODINMALSIC Racing TeamHonda143.0+16.398
1884Jakub KORNFEILCZEPeugeot MC SaxoprintPeugeot142.0+33.128
1995Jules DANILOFRAMarinelli Rivacold SnipersHonda142.0+33.807
2048Lorenzo DALLA PORTAITAAspar Mahindra Moto3Mahindra142.0+34.360
2141Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPATTHAHonda Team AsiaHonda142.0+34.629
2296Manuel PAGLIANIITACIPMahindra142.0+34.403
2375Albert ARENASSPAAspar Mahindra Moto3Mahindra141.9+34.958
2427Kaito TOBAJPNHonda Team AsiaHonda141.9+35.730
2514Tony ARBOLINOITASIC58 Squadra CorseHonda141.7+39.331
266Maria HERRERASPAMH6 TeamKTM141.3+46.209
2711Livio LOIBELLeopard RacingHonda141.0+51.534
2812Marco BEZZECCHIITACIPMahindra139.5+1’17.109
294Patrik PULKKINENFINPeugeot MC SaxoprintPeugeot133.01 Lap
Not Classified
21Fabio DI GIANNANTONIOITADel Conca Gresini Moto3Honda132.017 Laps
19Gabriel RODRIGOARGRBA BOE Racing TeamKTM140.622 Laps

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